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Libertine

Updated: 3 days ago

Pronunciation: [ lib-er-teen, lib-er-tin ]


Definition: noun; adjective

1: a person, especially a man, who behaves without moral principles or a sense of responsibility, especially in sexual matters; a person who rejects accepted opinions in matters of religion; a freethinker

2: characterized by a disregard of morality, especially in sexual matters; freethinking in matters of religion

Origin: Late Middle English; Latin


Etymology: from Latin libertinus ‘freedman’, from liber ‘free’. In the mid 16th century, imitating French libertin, the term denoted a member of any of various antinomian sects in France; hence libertine

Usage:

Synonyms:

  • philanderer

  • ladies' man

  • playboy

  • rake

  • licentious

  • lustful

  • lecherous

  • lascivious

  • lubricious

Antonyms:

  • puritan

Example: His image as an unbridled libertine in the magazine article is a complete myth.

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